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Special Issue "RNAs and Plant Disease Resistance"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2019).
One of the main challenges for humanity is to ensure the availability of sufficient safe and nutritious food worldwide. Plants, one of the major sources of human food, are continuously threatened by the endless emergence of new diseases caused by pathogens and variable environmental conditions, particularly during the current global warming period. Thus, there is an unceasing need to better understand the basic mechanisms controlling plant immunity and to develop more sustainable and effective strategies for the production of highly disease-resistant next-generation crops.
Ribonucleic acid (RNA), a polymeric molecule assembled as a chain of nucleotides, plays key biological roles in regulating gene expression in all known forms of life. In plants, RNAs—particularly small RNAs, such as microRNAs—are also at the core of the RNA silencing-based defense responses to biotic and abiotic stresses. In addition to plant endogenous RNAs, a large repertoire of RNAs, such as ribozymes, artificial microRNAs, artificial (synthetic) trans-acting small interfering RNAs or CRISPR guide RNAs can be artificially engineered and applied to plants to regulate gene expression and repress pathogenic RNA or DNA and generate disease resistance.
In this Special Issue, I would like to invite research articles and reviews that highlight the key contribution of any form of RNA in generating disease resistance in plants. I expect this collection of articles to open new horizons in the study of RNA as a key player to combat plant diseases and preserve crop production.
Dr. Alberto Carbonell
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Plants is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- disease resistance
- plant defense
- plant immunity
- RNA silencing
- artificial microRNA
- synthetic trans-acting small interfering RNA
- guide RNA